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Iberostar Costa Dorada
Ranked #2 of 41 Hotels in Puerto Plata
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Reviewed March 14, 2004

The staff were incredibly polite and very accomodating. We were there the week of March 3rd to 10th and it only rained the first day in the morning. The rest of the trip was very humid and sunny.Lots to do with the Star Friends who entertained during both night and day. Their was a wide range of food each night to choose from and the specialty restaurants were amazing. The rooms were very clean and the maids left designs with towels and flowers every so often. Nobody expected tips but were appreiciative if they recieved them. Loved the music we even downloaded some of the songs when we got home! If you are offered to purchase transfers to the hotel from the airport, take a taxi instead.
It is the exact same company and will cost about half. We were very pleased with our stay at the Costa Dorada and will be sure to come back "home" next year!!

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Reviewed March 13, 2004

we have been to many carribean islands, and this place was above ave.
probably worth the $$. the service was excellent even though the workers never asked for tip (we just left a few $$ each dinner). our room (building 3000) was noisy from the disco, and they promptly switch us to building 6000 where it was near the beach and quiet at night. the shows were mediocre. the place itself was beautifully decorated and very clean. the pool was crowded (get there before 8:00am to save a nice seat). the beach had an area to snorkle (fish was medium size).
bring watersocks to walk on the seaweed banks when the water recedes.
BRING INFLATABLE INNERTUBES AND MATTRESS (the resort has none). you only need snorkle masks as the water is not above 5 feet deep at low tide. DEFINITELY GO TO PARADISE ISLAND to see the most beautiful coral reef and fishes by snorkleling. you may get a better price for the tour via the people walking along the beach. (our cost thru prieto tour was $79pp). the trip does take 2 .5 hrs each way. golf course at costa dorada was mediocre, but their hotels had more waves on the beach.
definitely bargain about 2/3 asking price at the shops along the beach.
don't buy at hotel. drinks and food was average though desserts were great. it was not worth lining up early to reserve the restaurants. the buffets were different nightly and very good. MEN NEED TO BRING NON-SANDALS and bermuda shorts for buffet and pants for restaurants.

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Reviewed March 13, 2004

As you all have read, this hotel is immaculate. All the staff work continuously all day (and night) to keep everything in tip top shape.
If you want to be active or just relax this is the place for you.
Definately a 5 star resort. Have a great trip!

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Reviewed March 10, 2004

My wife and I spent March 3-10 2004 at the Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel. We had a great week. Saw no rain No complaints. Food in the buffet very good. Drinks very good, local beer "Presidente" good and 6% alcohol,be careful. If you consume too much coconut milk ( Pina Colada's) you will notice a little more loose stool so don't think you have a problem from the water. Nobody I talked to at this resort had any problems with Diarreah. Do not drink any water from your room sink, even brushing your teeth. The hotel sipplies you with a gallon of good water in your room! Pool is beautiful as is the grounds. Rooms are nice and very clean. Beach is o.k. and the water in areas are free of seaweed. The Dominican people we came in contact with are warm, friendly and hard working people. The Starz entertainment people are great. If you don't have fun here you won't have fun anywhere. We tipped the maid 2 bucks everyday and left her suckers and coloring books and crayons for her kids. She was most appreciative. We took the Paradise Island tour and had a great time. The bus ride back was 2 hours but was still worth it and I would do it again. You also visit and small fishing village for lunch that was nice. We will go again in two years but to Puna Cana but definitely to another Iberostar resort,they are the best.

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Reviewed March 8, 2004

Definitely consider staying here! It was beautiful! I was there with 3 other single 30 somethings. Not a lot of single guys if that's what you're looking for. We were there during Feb. Vacation week in the northeast. Lots of kids but mostly adults... married or hooked up ones.
The rooms are clean and bright. The maids folded our towels and PJs into interesting shapes! NBC TV and some cable in the room was great when it rained for a couple of days. They had activities for the rainy weather so it wasn't too bad. Beach towels were replaced whenever you needed one. The loungers had nice cushions. The beach has 100s of chairs so you can always get one. The pool had towels saving chairs by 7:00 so plan on reserving those loungers early. The beach is nice to walk but the surf is strong at Iberostar. Not much swimming there and all the kids stayed at the pool. Always a breeze at the beach so you didn't get too hot. The pool is huge and unique and winds around. You could easily get away from the noisy kids if that's your preference.
There was a kid club but I'm not sure how good it was considering we always saw kids with their parents. I can't say enough about the beautiful grounds. Tropical foliage all around, man-made ponds with fish and another one with flamingoes. Lush, green grass all around. The food was the best at the restaurants where you needed to make reservations. Get to the desk at 9:00 and you can set those for up to 2 nights in advance. We got to eat at all of them (3) and the Mexican one was my favorite. The buffet food is diverse so you'll find things you like. There was a restaurant near the beach and pool so you could go there without having to go to the other end of the resort. There was always food available! You may wake up to the sound of a rooster! There are a couple of roosters, hens, and some chicks when we were there.
They roam the grounds freely. We thought there was room service because of some reviews on this site but the resort must have discontinued that. There was no room service. The entertainment was good. We didn't see all the shows but the Mr. Iberostar and Karaoke were hysterical since guests displayed their 'talent'. Lots of bars everywhere. Good size drinks and some top shelf liquors. Local beer was like Budweiser and pretty good. The disco had an American theme, Route 66 so there were some fun road signs from the southwest. Quick $4.00 cab ride to the American Casino at the Jack Tar resort was an easy way to get off the resort. I would consider another Iberostar based on my experience here. It was fantastic. Quality resort for a great value!

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Reviewed March 7, 2004

We visited the Iberostar Costa Dorada the first week of March and we were very pleased upon our arrival at the hotel. We arrived very early in the morning and our room was not yet ready, but they immediately gave us another room with an ocean view on the ground floor that we did not have to pay extra for. The room was always kept spotlessly clean and the mini bar was always stacked. Once we had to call to get more bottled water and once we had to call to get fresh towels, but overall minor details. The staff was super friendly all the time and contrary to some of the reviews I've read, we found the food to be very good! We didn't suffer from any stomach ailments caused by the food or drinks.
The drinks were pretty good, but I agree with a previous review that said to make sure to get your cocktails from the main bar in the lobby.
They were much better there for some reason. Also, there are 3 a la carte restaurants to choose from and they were all very good. I would advise getting to the main lobby at 8:45am on your first or second day there to get in line to make your dinner reservations though as times and space are limited. The grounds and pool area are beautiful. But if you like to lie around by the pool, I recommend getting up early (7am) to claim a spot since the lounge chairs go fast!! Make sure you participate in the activities. I played beach volleyball, tennis and participated in the pool games and they were so much fun!! We met many fun, friendly people and had a great time! The Star Friends work very hard to make sure you have an enjoyable experience. I would also recommend the Outback Safari tour. Our guide Rudy was tons of fun, but was also very knowledgeable about the country. On the tour we stopped to go boogie boarding in Cabarete. What fun! Be cautioned though, on the Atlantic side the wind is strong and the ocean is rough. There were many days that the hotel would not allow water sports such as snorkelling and windsurfing due to the wind. There are a couple of markets about a 5 - 10 min walk up the beach and they are worth checking out. A must is a visit to the nearby town of Sosua. Overall I am so happy with our trip! It was a blast and surpassed all my expectations. I would definitely go back!!

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Reviewed March 7, 2004

We just got back from our vacation from the Iberostar and stayed for 7 nights. I was so impressed with everything that I can't pinpoint one thing. The people/staff were amazing and were so friendly and hard working. They would do anything to make sure your stay was the best it could be. The whole resort was always so clean and the gardening was always kept up. Everyday we had a fresh picked flower in our room with some display made out of towels from the housekeeper which was very nice. The food was excellent. Anything you wanted was there. Nothing was too different from here except maybe the odd dish. The nightly shows were amazing as well. They are so into what they do and get everyone involved. Everything about this place was a 10 and couldn't ask for anything more. Would for sure go back. Loved everything and miss everyone!

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Property: Iberostar Costa Dorada
Address: Carretera Luperon km 2.5 | Marapica, Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#2 Spa Hotel in Puerto Plata
#2 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Plata
#2 Family Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Plata
#3 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Plata
#4 Business Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Costa Dorada 4*
Number of rooms: 516
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada hotel is located in front of the large golden sand beach of Costa Dorada, 10 minutes from the city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic's north coast. This wonderful 5-star All Inclusive resort is a wonderful haven for aquatic sports lovers. Renovated in 2011, the IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada hotel has 498 Double Rooms and 18 spacious Junior Suites. ... more   less 
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